White House press secretary Sean “Spicy Facts” Spicer is so out of his depth, it’s amazing to watch. On Tuesday, Spicy Facts found himself knee-deep in a tense conversation with members of the press corps over a tweet sent out by the tweeter-in-chief.
On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted:
I know it’s difficult, but ignore the use of the quoted word “dudes” and focus on the fact that the president himself, who no one in his administration can keep off Twitter, used the word “ban” to describe what the White House has insisted isn’t a ban but is more of an “extreme vetting” process for people from seven Muslim-majority nations.
Spicy Facts claimed that the shady news media has declared the move a ban (umm ... because it is!) and that the media has been perpetuating this falsehood.
During Spicy Facts’ meeting with the press corps Tuesday, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker called out the press secretary on the president’s use of the word “ban.”
“So he says it’s a ban,” Welker said, Yahoo! News reports.
“He’s using the words that the media is using,” Spicy Facts responded.
“It’s his words!” a reporter shouted.
Spicy Facts insisted that the order couldn’t be a ban because people are still being allowed into the country.
“It is extreme vetting,” he said.
Welker, trying desperately to get out of this “Who’s on first?” bit with Spicy Facts, informed him that “the president himself called it a ban.”
“I understand,” Spicy Facts replied.
So, “is he confused, or are you confused?” Welker asked.
“No, I’m not confused,” he said. “I think that the words being used to describe it are derived from what the media is calling this. ... [Trump] has been very clear that it is extreme vetting.”
Because the president is a baby and gets confused when too many words are in front of him, Spicy Facts continued making this all the media’s fault, insisting that Welker and NBC News “have been part of the confusion.”
Spicy Facts also came for a New York Times report that “Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly had not been properly consulted before the executive order was signed on Friday,” Yahoo! reports.
“It was accurate,” Times reporter Glenn Thrush shouted out.
“How can it be accurate reporting, Glenn?” Spicy Facts asked, noting Kelly’s Tuesday press conference in which he pushed back on the report.
“You’re calling him a liar?” Spicy Facts asked.
“I’m not calling him a liar,” Thrush said.
I don’t know how long this contentious relationship will last, but let’s hope forever, because it’s awesome.